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Congo, Democratic Republic Popular Places to Visit

Serpents Du Congo

This excellent snake farm is located 28km from downtown Kinshasa and makes for a great day out. Owner Franck will gladly show you the poisonous and nonpoisonous snakes here, and you even have the opportunity to hold some of the less aggressive ones. It's important to call ahead to reserve an appointment, and also to ensure that Franck gives your driver instructions on how to reach the farm.

Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic

National Museum Kinshasa

This amazing ethnographic archive comprising some 45,000 objects has been waiting patiently for its new home, a US$10 million prestige investment from South Korea currently under construction in the Lingwala area of the city. In the meantime it's possible to visit the small exhibit here, but also to be shown the warehouses where the rest of collection is currently stored. Ask one of the museum employees about doing this – a tip is expected.

Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic

Chutes Du Zongo

A popular day trip from Kinshasa despite the expensive 4WD hire (US$200) necessary to get here, the gorgeous 65m-high Zongo Falls are one of DRC's most spectacular sights. Getting to the viewpoints involves some hiking (bring shoes that you don't mind getting muddy), but watching the water roaring over the precipice into the river below is unforgettable. There's the Seli Safari Resort here, where it's possible to have lunch or overnight.

The falls are 130km from Kinshasa, so expect a four-hour journey each way.

Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic

Parc National De Kahuzi- Biéga

South Kivu's star attraction is this national park, where you can track habituated eastern lowland gorillas (Grauer’s gorillas) for just US$400 per person, a relative bargain! The park also contains a chimp orphanage at Lwiro (US$30 per person), where between 40 and 50 chimps are kept in excellent conditions.

It's often possible to get gorilla permits for same-day hiking, and never a problem to get them with a few days' notice. Lodge Co-Co is the best place to arrange a trip. The starting point is at Tshivanga, 30km northwest of town. 

Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic

Bombo-lumene Game Park

This is a wonderful place to spend some quality time with our loved ones. You can spend a quiet and peaceful time in the many small gazebos located here. Or you can take a short nature walk along its trails and rest on a quaint bamboo bench if your legs get tired from all the walking.

Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic

Odzala National Park

This is one of the nominated UNESCO world heritage site and is also a Important Bird Area as labelled by Birdlife International. Amongst other national parks in Africa, Central Africa as a whole has lot to offer in terms of biodiversity. This is especially true in case of Odzala National Park. It is the home to a wide range of birds, and species of animals like gorillas, elephants, antelope, hyenas, buffalo, and crocodiles. The authorities also organise safaris, to tour around the park. Other popular activities for wildlife lovers would be the camps and instructed forest walks and treks.

Brazzaville, Congo, Democratic Republic

Kisangani

Kisangani, formerly Stanleyville, is the third largest city in the DRC and lies completely within the tropical forest. The city’s new name originates from the nearby Boyoma Waterfalls and means “the city on the island.” Kisangani has great shopping (check out the avenue de l’Eglise) and fantastic local restaurants.  It’s also known for its striking architecture and surprisingly makes a popular convention destination. Be sure to check out the many museums, botanical gardens, and zoo.  The Rasaire of Notre-Dame Cathedral in the Central market is particularly appealing to visitors.

Kisangani, Congo, Democratic Republic

Upemba National Park

Upemba National Park straddles the River Lualaba and is accessible from the towns of Lubumbashi and Kolwezi. It includes several lakes and picturesque riverine sections inhabited by hippos, crocodiles and aquatic birds. For now, this beautiful park remains tantalizingly tourism free.

Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic

Inkisi Falls

In the southwest, the Inkisi Falls (60m/197ft high) and the massive complex of caves that wrap around them may be visited in one day, but many visitors stay for two or three days at the pleasant resort in the town of Mbanza-Ngungu. The impressive falls are an easy hike from the resort and 130km (80 miles) by road from the capital city Kinshasa.

Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic

Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary

Just 90 minutes outside of Kinshasa, this sanctuary provides a home for orphaned bonobos.Claudine Andre founded Lola ya Bonobo, the only sanctuary for bonobos in the world, in 2002 after caring for orphaned bonobos since 1993. These inherently peaceful primates, who resemble chimpanzees, are incredibly intelligent and known for solving most of their problems with sex. There are various trails through their forested enclosures, but you're just as likely to find these loving creatures hanging around by the main building.

Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic